Four-year deal for Elia
10.07.2012, 14:36:46 Uhr
Werder manager Klaus Allofs confirmed the transfer. "We are happy that he now belongs to Werder Bremen. He is already participating in team training," said Allofs. Elia travelled to Bremen on Sunday to complete his medical check-up in the Bremen Reha Centre. On Monday Werder's new number 11 travelled on to the Green-Whites' training camp on Norderney where he could not yet train with the team because the final contract details between him and Juventus Turin had not yet been worked out. The Dutch international completed his lactate test Tuesday morning and trained for the first time in the morning.
Eljero George Rinaldo Elia, as the father of a 2-year-old daughter is called by his full name, began his career in the youth teams of Ajax Amsterdam and transferred from stops at ADO Den Haag and FC Twente Enschede to the Bundesliga where he played starting in 2009 for two years with Hamburg. He appeared in 52 Bundesliga matches scoring seven goals. Elia knows one of his Bremen teammates well as he played with Marko Arnautovic with FC Twente Enschede, where Elia in 2009 was named the best young player in the country. Elia did not have much success at his last stop Juventus Turin, where he played in just four league matches and one cup game.